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Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732115

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732115.001.0001

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date: 23 January 2019

From Colony to Empire

From Colony to Empire

Postmodern Faulkner

(p.24) From Colony to Empire
Global Faulkner

Leigh Anne Duck

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a reading of Absalom, Absalom! (1936) through the Cold War novel Requiem for a Nun (1951) in order to suggest that Faulkner’s concerns about global capital—so fully bodied forth in the later work—may have shaped his understanding in ways he was not previously ready to name. It suggests that these novels urge us to think differently about history, which becomes in Faulkner’s work not a linear progression so much as a shifting set of vortices, forces, and incidents that reach across periods to transform consciousness and society. Unseating his work from linear time enables us to recognize Faulkner not only as a regional writer describing lost locales, but also as a regional writer describing incipient global transformations.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Cold War novel, Absalom Absalom, global capital

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